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Katunayake Airport to be developed

May 26, 2010 6:43:48 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has directed his attention to developing the Katunayake International Airport with all modern facilities.

The President issued the relevant instructions at a progress review meeting of the Ports and Civil Aviation Ministry at the Temple Trees. Tourist arrivals have increased by 50 percent with the dawn of peace in the country. Accordingly the number of passengers arriving at the Airport has soared by 50 percent.

The Airport will be developed to provide a speedy and efficient service to the passengers. A new terminal will be built and the runway will be broadened to accommodate large aircraft. Hotel facilities for transit passengers will also be uplifted. It is also expected to launch a luxury train service and further enhance facilities at the Duty Free Shopping Complex.

The President also gave instructions to streamline the airport taxi service. A separate terminal is planned for internal flights. The construction of Mattala Airport was also discussed. It was disclosed that permission has been obtained for eight international air routes. Preliminary measures have been taken to develop 13 domestic airports including the Ratmalana Airport.

The President emphasized the need for proper utilization of the funds obtained from the air passengers.

Discussions were held on the progress of the Sri Lanka Shipping Corporation. The President instructed the officials to craft a plan to launch a Naval transportation system. He pointed out the need to train workers to meet the demand for jobs in the naval sector. Deputy Ministers Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Dayasritha Tissera, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapakse and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge were present at the discussion.